We started our trek to Machu Picchu in the town of Mollepata. 9,300 ft elevation, and plenty of cacti along the trail.
Pack animals coming up. In our group we had 4 horses hauling gear for us.
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Our guide Javier! Awesome passion for culture and history. Learned much spanish. Me gusta la subida.
Our guide Javier explained the Inca lore of rainbows, that they are the offspring of when the gods (Wiracocha) rain down and the rain meets the earth (makes love), they give birth to rainbows. Never thought of that before!
Packs strewn about at our first lunch break, 11,000 ft elevation. Dinner was at 12,500 ft btw. It only went up from there!
You may have seen this listing on Craigslist.peru ... Studio hut, one bedroom no bathroom, outdoor laundry and stunning views.
For a whole afternoon we had this mountain range in sight, made for an epic approach. (We would cross them the next day.)
Sal Kan Tay Abra - crisp and towering range that we crossed over en route to Aguas Calientes!
Every few minutes as the clouds and lighting changed, the mountain had a totally different appearance.
Clouds roll in by mid morning and completely enshroud the mountain.
That's where we went! The trail on the left goes up through the valley and ultimately across the mountain pass.
This way to test your lungs and legs.
A brand spanking new bridge. Many were not nearly this sturdy or intact.
ProBar! Notice the small wrapper in my hand. This was a recurring theme, as I ate one or two everyday. Much of my pack weight in the beginning was food from home!
Glorious 14k. Getting to the top of the Salkantay Abra pass. Shout out to all the peaks in Colorado!
Triumphant, at 14,500 feet. This pass was our highest elevation all trek until Machu Picchu itself.
A massive creature on our tent when we camped in La Playa.
The crew baked us a cake on our last morning. How the heck they did that in the middle of nowhere is still a mystery. The food was amazingly good the whole trek.
Pile o pigs. Pigs on the wing?
Toros, vacas, caballos, burros, we saw them all. (But most of all Lllamas and Vicayunas and Alpacas)
I thought the ducks were particularly handsome.
One of the coolest sights was this massive herd of sheep stampeding across the field beneath a misty mountain backdrop.
We gave her an orange that she managed to get her whole face inside of.
The Georgia O'Keeffe shot.